Thursday, August 02, 2007

US border fences 'an eco-danger'

So much for Calderone's new administration staying out of our business...

From the BBC:
Mexico has urged the US to alter its plans for expanded fences along their shared border, saying they would damage the environment and harm wildlife.

The fences threaten unique ecosystems, Mexican environment officials warned.

Mexico was ready to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice over the matter if the US did not respond, the environment minister said. [snip]

"The eventual construction of this barrier would place at risk the various ecosystems that we share," Mexico's Environment Minister Juan Rafael Elvira told a news conference.

Those areas include Baja California, Sonora and Arizona, home to one of the world's most important desert ecosystems - the Sonora Desert. [snip]

Officials said Mexico was prepared to file a complaint with the International Court of Justice but wanted to explore alternatives first.

A report prepared for the Mexican government by experts and environmental activists from Mexico and the US said the barriers could isolate border animals into smaller groups, affecting their genetic diversity.

These include jaguars, Mexican black bears and the endangered antelope-like Sonora Pronghorn.

The use of intense lights and radar could also affect nocturnal species, they said.

The report suggested ways of minimising environmental damage, including "green corridors" of wilderness without roads.
Oh yeah, let us make green corridors so that animals like "coyotes" can more easily smuggle their charges into our country. I cannot believe they are trotting this out again. The eco-nuts here already made this complaint, now Mexico is taking up the baton. I don't care what I disrupt with this fence. Your country has disrupted the American people's lives, and enough is enough. Maybe your country should have stopped your citizens from invading our country!
Another proposal was "live" fences of cactuses, or permeable barriers to allow water, insects and pollen to cross the border.

The US Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff, has said that the fencing is needed. He has rejected arguments that the Rio Grande provides an adequate barrier as water levels in the river often drop, allowing people to wade across.
Oh yeah, that would keep them out, cactus.

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